Carter apologizes for any words stigmatizing Israel

Mixed reactions to Yom Kippur prayer asking forgiveness
Criticized in the past for remarks that upset many in America’s Jewish community, former President Jimmy Carter has apologized for any of his words or actions that might have served to stigmatize Israel.

Carter, 85, wrote a letter December 21—made public by the Jewish Tele graphic Agency—offering an Al Het, a Yom Kippur prayer asking for forgiveness, timed with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

“We must recognize Israel’s achievements under difficult circumstances, even as we strive in a positive way to help Israel continue to improve its relations with its Arab populations, but we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel,” Carter wrote. “As I would have noted at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but which is appropriate at any time of the year, I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so.”

 

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